March 2020 comics sales online: Spider-Woman #1 orders top 142,000 copies

Our March 2020 comics sales estimates are now online, giving us the clearest picture we’ve gotten yet of the weeks leading into the commercial shutdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Click to read more about the state of the market during this historic period. Spider-Woman #1 was the bestseller with more than 142,000 copies moved in North America, whereas Batman #91 … Read more

Comics orders in March 2020 down 15%; Spider-Woman #1 led market as shutdown began

March saw the Coronavirus pandemic shutting down commerce across much of North America, and impacting the comics industry at several levels. DC‘s printer closed during the month, the major comics distributor saw warehouses closed by law, and hundreds of stores were likewise forced to shutter. Nonetheless, significant business was transacted during the month, and Diamond … Read more

DC stopgap distribution move during COVID-19 has echo in 1997 UPS strike

With Diamond Comic Distributors ending shipments of new comics temporarily at the start of April due to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s been a much different kind of month. The last sales reports to come out of the company were the reorder and advance reorder charts for the week ending March 29, and it’s unclear when … Read more

Hope and comics at 2 a.m.: The historical case for optimism

      A good friend in the comics industry wrote me just before 2 a.m. last night. Earlier that day, Diamond Comic Distributors, its supply chain pushed to the brink by closures associated with the COVID-19 Coronavirus, had called a time out for a large portion of the business: while orders would still be … Read more